Pollution Control Standards

ORSANCO sets Pollution Control Standards for industrial and municipal waste water discharges to the Ohio River, and tracks certain dischargers whose effluent can seriously impact water quality. The standards designate specific uses for the Ohio River, and establish guidelines to ensure that the river is capable of supporting these uses. To keep pace with current issues, ORSANCO strives to review the standards at least every three years. As part of the review process, workshops and public hearings are held for public input.

Review Process for Ohio River Pollution Control Standards:

Each review consists of the following steps:

1. An initial public comment period, in which comments are sought on all aspects of the Standards.
2. Consideration of the public comments received and formulation of specific proposals for revisions to the Standards.
3. A second public comment period on specific proposed revisions.
4. Consideration of comments on proposed revisions and Commission adoption of revisions.

Because the Commission carefully considers all comments received, in collaboration with its member states through several committees and technical work groups, the entire process usually takes approximately 20 months.

2015 Revision To Pollution Control Standards (Current Revision):

1.  See File #1 for responsiveness summary to comments received during the 2015 public review process for proposed 2015 revisions to Ohio River Pollution Control Standards and proposed First Energy variance.

2.  See File #2 for responsiveness summary to comments received during 2015 public review process for proposed variances for Koppers, Inc., Mountain State Carbon, LLC, and Valley Converting Company, Inc.

3. See File #3 for the current (2015) Pollution Control Standards.

4. See File #4 for 2015 Pollution Control Standards press release.

Files

File #1: Responsiveness Summary - Proposed 2015 revisions to Ohio River Pollution Control Standards and proposed First Energy variance Download
File #2: Responsiveness Summary - Proposed variances for Koppers, Inc., Mountain State Carbon, LLC, and Valley Converting Company, Inc Download
File #3: Pollution Control Standards (2015 Revision) Download
File #4: Press Release - Commission Improves Process for Decisions to Reduce and Eliminate Mixing Zones for Bioaccumulative Chemicals of Concern Download